Directions

Lake Tahoe is a beautiful destination and home base for endless activities. It's accessible to Californians by car as well as visitors from across North America by plane. We're getting married at one of our favorite ski resorts, Northstar, near the North Shore of the lake.

 
 
 
 
 

FLYING

Reno-Tahoe Airport (RNO) is a 45 minute drive from Northstar and the closest airport with commercial service. You can take a shuttle service, taxi, or Uber/Lyft (around $65). The next closest airport is Sacramento (SMF), at around 2 hrs away. San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), and San Jose (SJC) are all within a 4-hour drive.  We're ensuring that once you arrive, you won't need a car to attend all wedding events. If you'd like to explore the wider Tahoe area, we recommend renting a car.

DRIVING

From San Francisco or Sacramento, take I-80 East to Truckee. Exit onto CA 267 and head south toward Lake Tahoe. Take a right when you see signs for Northstar, and head to the Village (or wherever you're staying). Traffic to and from San Francisco can be variable, so leave yourself an extra hour or two if you’re driving during peak commute or Tahoe weekender hours.

 

Activities

The Tahoe region is full of incredible hiking, cycling, and walking trails, plus on-water activities. We encourage everyone to arrive early or stay late to enjoy the outdoor splendor. Usual summer weather in Tahoe is in the 70/80’s with sunshine and clear skies.

Restaurants

Truckee, Northstar, and the Lake Tahoe shore have many restaurants, bars, and cafes. See a list of our favorite spots listed below.

Explore the area

Stop by Donner Memorial State Park to see the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate the 19th century emigrants who got stuck over the pass and ate each other. Truckee is mere minutes from the Nevada state line, where you can gamble in Incline Village.

“The sunrise lovely, calm, hushed. Yellow amber light touching the mountains of the western shore, tinting the purple lake yellow. … The flash and roar of the waves on the shore begins suddenly … a hundred voices stirred by the wind in the forest.”
— John Muir, sunrise journal entry while camping at Lake Tahoe, summer 1888.

Restaurants

Truckee


Northstar

  • Rubicon Pizza Co. - good pizza with lots of side salad options. Located in the core of Northstar Village across from the skating rink. Approximately 11 beers on tap.

  • Starbucks - you know the drill; this location does not offer mobile ordering, for the Starbucks pro’s out there. Across from the Northstar skating rink and open from 7am til 3pm.

  • Copper Lane Cafe & Provisions - combination cafe/deli/convenience store with breakfast in the morning and sandwiches around lunchtime. Wine/beer/drinks on sale and on tap! Open from approximately 10am until 7:30pm. Also stocks common over-the-counter medications.

  • Petra - wine bar with tapas.

  • The Grille at Sawtooth Ridge - American grill with Hawaiian options.

  • Closest grocery, pharmacy, and gas in Truckee or Kings Beach


Lake Tahoe

Activities

Outdoor Adventures

  • Northstar has dozens of hiking/mountain biking trails immediately accessible from the Village. Check out the trail map here, and watch out for downhill bikers!

  • Castle Peak - strenuous 3.5 mile hike to reach great views from the top of the peaks.

  • Sagehen Creek Trail - easy 4.5 mile trail to Stampede Reservoir.

  • Tahoe Rim Trail to Picnic Rock - moderate 3.1 mile trail to a nice viewpoint of Lake Tahoe.

  • Donner Memorial State Park - picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, and stand up paddle boards. There’s also a small museum and walking tour describing the ill-fated Donner Party.

  • Donner Pass - pretty views of Donner Lake and shorts walks through the (no longer in use) train tunnels. There are many nearby hiking trails.

  • Bike Rentals - nice paved trails that lead up to Squaw Valley / Olympic Valley or down towards Lake Tahoe.

  • Pinecone Pile - the largest man-made pinecone structure in Truckee, CA.


Indoors & non-Adventures